On June 17th, Foals will release Life Is Yours, their highly anticipated 7th studio album via ADA/ Warner UK Ltd. The upcoming album is the follow-up to the triumphant, two-part Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost.
Yannis Philippakis says of the album, “We wanted to refocus and do something that shared a DNA throughout the songs: a physicality, a danceability, and with energy and joyousness. It’s definitely the poppiest record we’ve ever made. I feel that with Everything Not Saved… we touched upon all of the facets of our sound up until that point. This time we wanted to find a new way to express ourselves.”
Life Is Yours is available for pre-order on all formats here. Standard formats include digital/streaming, CD, vinyl and cassette, while a selection of exclusive vinyl formats are also available. Foals’ official store has a double-vinyl format, Amazon offers a transparent Curaçao-coloured vinyl, while key indie stores will stock a white vinyl version.
“Wake Me Up” was highlighted during the most recent Super Bowl as well as the NFL’s Super Wild Card Weekend on NBC, and it is included in Fortnite’s Rock & Royale radio station. The band also shared the music video for “2am” directed by Tanu Muiño and filmed in Kiev with an entirely Ukrainian crew. The Ukrainian director is best known for helming one of the biggest videos of recent years with Lil Nas X’s “Montero.” Foals recently shared their love and support for the people of Ukraine here. Watch the music video below.
Life Is Yours marks a natural evolution for Foals, its disco-tinged guitars, tight syncopated rhythms and punchy, insistent hooks echoing their roots as purveyors of rambunctious house party chaos. It’s a record that’s perfectly in tune with the prevailing atmosphere of this moment in time – a life-affirming celebration as the world is reunited. Life Is Yours immediately establishes its tone with the bright beam of optimism provided by its title track. Its ambience and exuberance proving that the band has no intention of slowing down. There’s a unity to the sound, whether Foals are bouncing into ‘Looking High’, experimenting with West African guitar grooves on ‘Flutter’, or savouring the prospect of playing live together again within the dance dynamics of ‘The Sound’. It all comes full circle with ‘Wild Green’, which simultaneously celebrates the rebirth of summer with an existential tinge that all beautiful moments are inevitably fleeting.
Foals – completed by Jimmy Smith and Jack Bevan – started the project within the dark, windowless confines of their south London rehearsal space during the winter lockdown. Feeling contained and tethered, they were drawn towards spirited sounds that looked to a brighter future, not only in terms of climate but also in terms of the unreplicable thrill of performing live. By the time the process reached its conclusion, the verdant summer surroundings of Real World Studios near Bath matched the album’s ardent atmosphere.
The band also collaborated with numerous producers (often working within different configurations) on various tracks. The album’s varied creative voices include John Hill (Portugal The Man, Florence + The Machine), Dan Carey (Tame Impala, Fontaines D.C.), Miles James and A.K. Paul (co-founder of the Paul Institute with his brother Jai Paul). Much of the album was subsequently mixed by ten-time Grammy Award winner Manny Marroquin (Post Malone, Kanye West, Rihanna), with several tracks mixed by another multiple Grammy Award winner, Mark ‘Spike’ Stent (Coldplay, Muse, Kings of Leon).
Foals have just been confirmed as Saturday night headliners at UK’s Latitude Festival on July 23rd. The festival adds a new highlight to Foals’ long-awaited return to touring, the next stage of which is a UK headline tour in April and May that includes a sold-out four-night run at London’s Olympia. Please see their website for ticket details and a full list of their international tour dates.